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Captured American Says Venezuelan President Was Target of Foiled Attack

By VOA News May 08, 2020

Venezuela has aired a video in which captured American ex-serviceman Airon Berry said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was a target of a foiled raid.

This is the second video released by the Venezuelan government purporting to show the questioning of Berry and fellow American Luke Denman, both former members of the U.S. Special Forces.

In a video aired Thursday, Berry said the Venezuelan Intelligence Services and the airport tower were also targets.

Maduro insists the men were operating under the direction of the White House.

President Donald Trump has denied any U.S. involvement in the raid.

"I know nothing about it," Trump said in an interview Friday on Fox News. "I think the government has nothing to do with it all, and I have to find out what happened."

"If we ever did anything with Venezuela, it would be slightly different," Trump added. "It would be called an invasion."

Trump maintained "a rogue group" that included Venezuelans and "people from other countries" carried out the incursion.

Jordan Goudreau, operator of a Florida-based security contracting company implicated in the botched mission, has said he was unable to convince the Trump administration to support his plan for a private coup.

Maduro announced Thursday the government will attempt to extradite Goudreau for allegedly participating in the Sunday (May 3) raid.

Authorities claim the men traveled by speedboat from neighboring Colombia to the Venezuelan port city of La Guaira. Eight people were killed in the foiled attack.

Venezuela authorities said Thursday that they have captured 23 people involved in the botched attack.

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